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Old 06-13-2014, 07:36 PM   #16
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It was nice to meet you guys near Pryor, OK yesterday. Good luck with your trip

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Old 06-14-2014, 05:18 AM   #17
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Great to meet you too kag, glad you made it home safely. Enjoy wherever the road may take you in the future!


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Old 06-14-2014, 05:33 AM   #18
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We have been in Oklahoma for the past two days. Eastern OK was great, we rode the TAT through beautiful countryside and along the Illinois River to Pryor.


We did come across a downed tree, but there was a detour for dirt bikes going through the woods, which was a bit snug for the bigger bikes.


From Pryor we chose to roll slab west, in an effort to keep in our time frame and put a bit of time in the bank to play in CO and other places.
Oklahoma has seen tough times, and chatting with the locals we heard the stories of rising costs for farm supplies like fertilizer, diesel and feed, and lower prices for their products.
Everyone was ecstatic about getting a couple inches of rain the day before.
Much of the economy has shifted to oil and gas extraction, but the small rural communities are fading and starting to blow away on the steady wind of the plains.

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Old 06-16-2014, 06:14 AM   #19
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It's windy here!


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Old 06-17-2014, 07:42 PM   #20
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We rode the last 30 miles of the TAT out of Oklahoma, and into. New Mexico. The winds were howling at 40 plus MPH, and it it was 100F with dust blowing everywhere, at times dropping visibility to lass than 50 feet. To say we were glad to see the New Mexico sign would be an understatement.


The headwinds also caused us to miscalculate our MPG, and James ran out of fuel 2 miles from town.


I always think of state lines as political boundaries, but the topography often does change right at the line, which is the reason for the lines being were they are I suppose.
New. Mexico was a gradual climb to high plains and canyon areas, extremely remote and beautiful. There is one set of switchback climbs to the top of a mesa which appears to be a very old road, entirely held in place by dry laid native stone.



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Old 06-18-2014, 09:29 PM   #21
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We landed in Trinidad, CO in the afternoon after some beautiful riding. Turns out Trinidad is somewhat famous as the "sex change capital of the world". Being secure in our orientation, we decided to press on toward Salida, but ended up diverting to Walsenburg for the night, where he owner of he hotel we stayed at was actually a fellow Granite Stater, as was the couple in the room next to us.



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Old 06-18-2014, 09:34 PM   #22
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After leaving Walsenburg, we hopped back on the TAT and went up through Marshall Pass. This was some beautiful, but gnarly riding, and it took its toll. A few hundred feet below the summit I dropped off a boulder and smashed my chain up into the sprocket, causing a jammed up mess. Looked like we would be spending the night out.
However, after an hour or so, and some creative problem solving, we were able to get my bike going again and headed for the summit, and Continental Divide.



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Old 06-19-2014, 06:20 AM   #23
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Dropping down the other side of Marshall, we saw a ton of deer, elk and other critters, as it was getting late and they were coming out to browse for the night.
At the bottom of the pass, the trail hangs right, but Tomachi Creek Trading Post is to the left, and they had a little cabin for rent, sold us some beer and made us right at home. The staff there are super nice, and if you are passing through, I'd recommend it. They also had a surprisingly good inventory of motorcycle parts available, including chains, tubes, levers, and spark plugs.


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Old 06-19-2014, 08:42 PM   #24
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From Tomichi Creek, we headed down the TAT and ended up in Lake City for lunch


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Old 06-19-2014, 08:45 PM   #25
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Old 06-19-2014, 08:46 PM   #26
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Up and out of Lake City, and on to one of the trip highlights, Cinnamon Pass. The end was blowing a good clip and the road headed up into the pass is no joke, very rough with sheer drops down to the bottom of the canyon. And that is just to get to the start of the good stuff!


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Old 06-20-2014, 07:06 AM   #27
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A break, in the shade of interstate 70 after fighting our way through deep sand

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Old 07-02-2014, 08:54 AM   #29
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